Fish trainer and poetry slam champ to speak

The topics of this week’s lectures will include societal responses, recent literature, and fish training.

Title: “The Health Care Crises in the Developing Wor-ld: Spotlight on Nicaragua”
The Basics: Oscar Aragón, an ophthalmologist and founder of an educational center in Nicaragua, will discuss the country’s issues relating to health care. Aragón created Alianza Americana, an organization designed to help Nicaraguan youth. He is the center’s director and an English teacher.
Where: Baker Hall 136A (Adamson Wing)
When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Title: “Mellon: An American Life”
The Basics: The lecture will discuss the life of Andrew W. Mellon, philanthropist and founder of the Mellon Institute
of Research. The presenter,
David Cannadine, will speak about his new biography of Mellon titled Mellon: An American Life. In 1967, the Mellon Institute and the Carnegie Institute of Technol-ogy combined to create Carnegie Mellon University. Cannadine is a historian of modern British history and a professor at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. A book signing will be held in the Connan Room prior to the lecture.
Where: McConomy Audit-orium, UC
When: Wednesday. Book signing at 4:45 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m.

Title: “Fish School — Adven-tures in Pet Fish Training”
The Basics: This lecture will explain how to train fish to do tricks like any other household pet. Dean Pomerleau (SCS ’92), a software engineer, and his son Kyle, a fourth grader, work together as fish trainers. Their techniques are based on previously researched scientific studies of fish intelligence. They are also the creators of Fish School, Inc., a company that offers manuals, e-books, and a customized training system on its website,
Where: Baker Hall 136A (Adamson Wing)
When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Subject: Poetry performance and signing
The Basics: Patricia Smith, a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, will perform poems and sign copies of her book, Teahouse of the Almighty. Her book, the most recent of the four poetry books she has written so far, received praise from Publishers Weekly and is a National Poetry Series winner. Smith has also been
recognized for her work in journalism by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and
won the Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary in 1997.
Where: Maggie Murph Café
When: Thursday at 5 p.m.

Title: “ ‘She would be better off in the South’: Working-Class Black Women and their Families’ Response to New York State’s Use of Southern Parole”
The Basics: Cheryl D. Hicks will present the lecture, which focuses on issues of race and gender. Hicks is an assistant professor of history at Williams College with a Ph.D. from Princeton University. The lecture will discuss the responses of families of working-
class black women who served parole between 1920 and 1935, when many black women who were charged in New York served their parole sentences in the South.
Where: H&SS Auditorium, Baker Hall A53
When: Friday at 5 p.m.